Dr. D.N. Srivastava (Daya Nand Srivastava) was born on February 2, 1925 at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. He passed matriculation from Gorakhpur High School in 1941, B.Sc. (Ag.) from Government Agricultural College, Kanpur in year 1945. He joined Division of Mycology and Plant Pathology of the IAR1 as an assistant to the Imperial Mycologist, Dr. Padwick. He also obtained the Post graduate Diploma - Associateship of IARI in 1951, while working with Dr. B.B. Mundkur and Dr. J.F. Dastur. On a three year study leave as a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Srivastava did his Masters and Ph.D. with Dr. John Charles Walker in the University of Wisconsin, USA in 1957 and 1958, respectively. Back to the Division of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, he served in various positions, viz., Assistant Plant Pathologist, Plant Bacteriologist and finally as Professor of Plant Pathology till April 1968. He joined Indian Council of Agricultural Research as Deputy Agricultural Commissioner (Plant protection in 1968, which was later renamed as Assistant Director General (Plant Protection) in 1971. He retired from ICAR service as Deputy Director General (Crop sciences) on January 31, 1987. He was on deputation to the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA) in Liberia from 1978 to 1980 as Senior Pathologist funded by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.
His post retirement assignments include appointment by ICAR as Emeritus Scientist at the NBPGR, New Delhi for investigations on citrus Dieback disease from 1989 to 1992. He was the Honorary Chairman of the ICAR Scientific Panel of Plant Pathology for more than ten years since 1987. He had been an honorary member of the WARDA Board of Management in Liberia and Ivory coast for several years. He visited various teaching and research organisations of Europe, U.K., U.S.A., Japan, Philippines and Thailand. He was elected as Councillor (1968-73) and the Vice President of the International Society of Plant Pathology from 1978 to 1983, Chairman of the Scientific Committee for Quinquennial Review of three international reputed Institutions, viz., CMI, CIE and CI of Parasitology.
He was a FAO invitee to a special group meeting in Bangkok in 1978 to formulate a global FAO project on Integrated Pest Management.
His professional distinctions include President, Indian Phytopathological Society (1971), Chief Editor of the Society (1973, 1974) and President, IARI Alumni Association (1978, 1989).
Dr. Srivastava was a sagacious Plant Pathologist and his contributions in the basic and applied aspects of diseases of rice, wheat, maize, pearl millet, sugarcane, mango, citrus and vegetables have been recognized globally. His eloquence, deep insight and command on the discipline had made him an outstanding teacher. He has guided a large number of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. His dealings in disease management and his love for the subject of Plant Pathology is unique.
Dr. D.N. Srivastava has left us for his heavenly abode on 17 March, 2000.